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Dawn (The Night Trilogy #2)

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With the coming of dawn is the coming of death for a captured English officer in British-controlled Palestine. Elisha, a young Israeli freedom fighter, is his executioner. Ordered to kill the officer in reprisal for Britain's execution of a Jewish prisoner, Elisha thinks about his past-a sorrowful memory of the nightmare of Nazi death camps. As the only surviving member of ...more
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Published March 1st 2006 by Recorded Books (first published 1960)
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Michaela No you don't have to... Dawn & Day are fictional stories of Holocaust Survivors, whereas Night is an autobiography. But I would still recommend…moreNo you don't have to... Dawn & Day are fictional stories of Holocaust Survivors, whereas Night is an autobiography. But I would still recommend reading all 3 books. Elie Wiesel is a powerful writer and it is definitely worth it. (less)
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Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lit-european, have
Elie Wiesel, a world famous, highly honored (and sometimes-criticized) Jewish writer and political activist, was born in Romania in 1928. The novella Dawn was his first work of fiction, published in 1960. Together with his famous memoir Night (1958, of the time he spent in Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps in 1944-5) and his next fictional work, Day (1961) it appears in The Night Trilogy. Wiesel died in 2016.

The Night Trilogy edition of Dawn (which I read) has a preface, dating to 200
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sono 80 paginette scarse, e scarne, che però pesano come secoli e millenni, anche se il racconto è racchiuso nel giro di pochi anni (il protagonista ne ha diciotto).

Un ebreo, in rappresentanza della sua gente, per sopravvivere deve imparare a odiare, e uccidere: dalla sera all’alba rivede la sua vita, la gente che ha conosciuto, le persone che hanno inciso la sua esistenza, prende la sua decisione e la porta a termine.

Pulizia etnica: l’esodo dei palest
Chris Horsefield
I am a huge fan of Elie Wiesel so was very happy with this book, since I read "Night" and saw his interview with Oprah Winfrey, I was hooked.
Rarely has a such a short novel made me think as much as this one, usually its the 500 page sledgehammer that creeps into your dreams as you absorb it over a few weeks, in barely 80 pages Elie Wiesel burrows into the subconcious,into the darkest part of the soul.

The setting is Palestine, 1947ish, the brits are still running the mandate. Palestine is home to
Lubinka Dimitrova
I'm sorry, this book pushed all the wrong buttons for me. It only evoked the resentment I feel for the modern state of Israel and its policies, and I simply couldn't shake off the feeling.

Wiesel's point is that we are the sum total of everything that has ever happened to us and everyone who has ever loved us or given us their time. An interesting point, to be sure. But all the reasoning behind Elisha's acts couldn't convince me that trying to justify your monstrosity by blaming your enemies for
Zahra M
Aug 21, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: disappointing
Perhaps it's my fault for assuming that 'Dawn' was a follow up to Wiesel's brilliant memoir 'Night'.

Or perhaps the book was just boring. Well written, but boring.

In my view, 'Dawn' should not be packaged as the second part of a trilogy, because I did not get any sense of continuation; there was a lot of philosophising but no real sense of transition from the night that was Wiesel's life in a concentration camp to dawn in the Promised Land. I felt that there were a number of gaps.

It has certain
Jul 15, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 and 1/2 stars

Though this is a novella, it's sometimes marketed as part of a trilogy with the nonfictional Night. I can see the relevance, as Wiesel himself says in this book's introduction that he imagined what might've happened if he'd been recruited after his Holocaust experiences to become a terrorist in Palestine. And while I didn't find this as affecting as the memoir Night, it is still relevant, imagining the kind of young person that might become a murderer for a cause and the toll that
May 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: holocaust
This is a follow-up to "Night", which I found to be a bit odd. It’s not that I didn’t like “Dawn”, I did and it definitely affected me emotionally, but “Night” is much better. It’s the only book in the trilogy that’s a memoir, so obviously the styles are different. I wonder what “Day” will be like. I plan on reading that soon.
Jun 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is very different from anything else I've read. It's the follow up to Elie Wiesel's memoir Night, but this time the story is fictional. Because it's fictional, right off the bat it's easier to digest than Night. It revolves around a Holocaust survivor's morals and way of thinking after he becomes part of the Jewish Resistance in Palestine and is ordered to execute a British soldier. Can the victim ever become the murderer? Do the crimes of others make it okay for you to commit the same ...more
Skylar Burris
Dec 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: judaism
Dawn is a beautifully written but disturbing novel about an Israeli terrorist waiting to assassinate a British officer in retaliation for the hanging of an Israeli. This novel evokes a great deal of thought about stopping violence with violence and hate with hate. Reflecting on the persecution the Jews have suffered, the young assassin Elisha says: "Now our only chance lies in hating you, in learning the necessity of the art of hate." However, the novel seems ultimately to say that hatred must b ...more
Every so often, I read a book that makes me wish I was back in grad school, so I could write a paper about it. This is one of those books. The only problem I have with it is that it's too short. I wanted to read more of Wiesel's beautiful and moving prose. I love his style of writing and was caught up by the characters and their stories.
The plot is about a young Jewish man named Elisha who is chosen to kill an English soldier named John Dawson. Elisha is part of the resistance movement in Pales
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Eliezer Wiesel was a Romania-born American novelist, political activist, and Holocaust survivor of Hungarian Jewish descent. He was the author of over 40 books, the best known of which is Night, a memoir that describes his experiences during the Holocaust and his imprisonment in several concentration camps.

Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. The Norwegian Nobel Committee called him a
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Other Books in the Series

The Night Trilogy (3 books)
  • Night (The Night Trilogy #1)
  • Day (The Night Trilogy #3)
“Night is purer than day; it is better for thinking and loving and dreaming. At night everything is more intense, more true. The echo of words that have been spoken during the day takes on a new and deeper meaning. The tragedy of man is that he doesn't know how to distinguish between day and night. He says things at night that should only be said by day.” 206 likes
“I needed to know that there was such a thing as love and that it brought smiles and joy in its wake.” 23 likes
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